Patriotic Nails for Memorial Day (easy enough for complete klutzes)

Or just do this for the 4th of July
Or just save this for the 4th of July

I can’t remember the last time I wore matching fingers and toes (maybe I’ll use that as a future color challenge. Truly challenging for me!). It just seems like if you’ve got 20 digits, why limit yourself to only one color? Why not ten colors for ten fingers? A lot of the fun of painting my nails is choosing an interesting color combination.

If you’re too much of a klutz to handle more complicated nail art, then you can use the contrasting color combination as your own version of nail art. Let’s be real ladies, this just isn’t going to happen. Especially not on my weak-handed side. I already foresee a lot of smudging, cursing, and frustration. If you have terrible hand eye coordination like me, spare yourself the annoyance and follow this super simple tutorial.

For this extremely simple patriotic nail tutorial, all you’ll need are 4 colors. I used the same $2 Wet n Wild Saved by the Blue polish that I used in my silver glitter half moon tutorial (it’s a favorite). On top of that, I layered Wet n Wild in Bling it On. I could only find it online on eBay, but I’m sure if you look around your local drugstore, you can find it for $2.

Pro tip! I’ve seen the exact exact shade bottled in Sinful Colors. Ah ha! After a little detective work, I found it! It’s called Hottie and here’s another swatch of it. Having the same polish across brands is a surprise, but I guess at the $2 price range it makes sense.

On my toes I layered another two polishes: Sally Hansen’s Hearts on Fire (one of my favorite true reds), followed by approximately 4 coats of Milani Jewel Fx in Red. I really wanted the full Dorothy’s ruby slippers effect, which required some layering. When you layer glitter polish like it’s it’s especially important to let it dry completely between coats. Completely completely! Wait at least 15 minutes, but ideally just space it out throughout the day.

This is a great tutorial for Fourth of July or whenever you’re just feeling patriotic and classic. America!


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